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The Social Archaeology of the Levant
From Prehistory to the Present

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Gary Rollefson, Anna Belfer-Cohen, Nigel Goring-Morris, William Finlayson, Ruth Shahack-Gross, Edward B. Banning, Yorke M. Rowan, Philip Graham, Meredith S. Chesson, Susan L. Cohen, Susan Guise Sheridan, Assaf Yasur-Landau, Yoram Cohen, Shlomo Bunimovitz, David Ilan, Aren M. Maeir, Benjamin W. Porter, Avraham Faust, Daniel M. Master, Christopher A. Rollston, Oren Tal, Andrea M. Berlin, Alexandra Ratzlaff, Itamar Taxel, Ian W. N. Jones, Rabei G. Khamisy, Nimrod Marom, Stephanie Budin, Erez Ben-Yosef, Sariel Shalev, Felix Höflmayer, Katharina Streit, Morag M. Kersel, Arwa Badran, Eric H. Cline
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  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107156685

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  • The volume offers a comprehensive introduction to the archaeology of the southern Levant (modern day Israel, Palestine and Jordan) from the Paleolithic period to the Islamic era, presenting the past with chronological changes from hunter-gatherers to empires. Written by an international team of scholars in the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, and bioanthropology, the volume presents central debates around a range of archaeological issues, including gender, ritual, the creation of alphabets and early writing, biblical periods, archaeometallurgy, looting, and maritime trade. Collectively, the essays also engage diverse theoretical approaches to demonstrate the multi-vocal nature of studying the past. Significantly, The Social Archaeology of the Levant updates and contextualizes major shifts in archaeological interpretation.

    • Presents an holistic approach to the ancient Holy Land
    • Integrates chronological and thematic approaches
    • Offers the first substantial survey of southern Levant in twenty years
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107156685
    • length: 676 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 185 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.56kg
    • contains: 105 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. The lower and middle paleolithic of the Southern Levant Gary Rollefson
    2. An anthropological review of the upper paleolithic in the Southern Levant Anna Belfer-Cohen and Nigel Goring-Morris
    3. Getting it together: the creation of community in the Neolithic William Finlayson
    4. Fire and society in the Eastern Mediterranean: a diachronic view with a microarchaeological focus Ruth Shahack-Gross
    5. It's a small world: work, family life, and community in the late neolithic Edward B. Banning
    6. The spiritual and social landscape during the Chalcolithic Period Yorke M. Rowan
    7. Using archaeobotanical remains to model social, political, and economic changes during the Chalcolithic period in the Southern Levant Philip Graham
    Part II:
    8. The Southern Levant during the early Bronze Age I–III Meredith S. Chesson
    9. Continuity, innovation, and change: the intermediate Bronze Age in the Southern Levant Susan L. Cohen
    10. Mix 'n' match: the bioarchaeology of commingled remains Susan Guise Sheridan
    11. The middle Bronze Age Canaanite City as a domesticating apparatus Assaf Yasur-Landau
    12. Cuneiform writing in Bronze Age Canaan Yoram Cohen
    13. 'Canaan is your land and its kings are your servants': conceptualizing the late Bronze Age Egyptian government in the Southern Levant Shlomo Bunimovitz
    Part III:
    14. The 'conquest' of the Highlands in the Iron Age I David Ilan
    15. Iron Age I Philistines: entangled identities in a transformative period Aren M. Maeir
    16. Moving beyond King Mesha: a social archaeology of Iron Age Jordan Benjamin W. Porter
    Part IV:
    17. A social archaeology of the kingdom of Judah: tenth–sixth centuries BCE Avraham Faust
    18. Phases in the history of the kingdom of Israel Daniel M. Master
    19. The alphabet comes of age: the social context of alphabetic writing in the first millennium BCE Christopher A. Rollston
    20. People, material culture, and ethno-religious regions in Achaemenid Palestine Oren Tal
    21. Land/homeland, story/history: the social landscapes of the Southern Levant from Alexander to Augustus Andrea M. Berlin
    22. The effects of empire on daily life in the provincial East (37 BCE–313 CE) Alexandra Ratzlaff
    23. The social archaeology of the Southern Levant in the Byzantine Period: rethinking the material evidence Itamar Taxel
    24. Rural communities and labor in the Middle Islamic-Period Southern Levant Ian W. N. Jones
    25. Society in the Frankish Period Rabei G. Khamisy
    Part V:
    26. Themes and patterns in human–animal interactions: hunting, domestication, and livestock husbandry Nimrod Marom
    27. Finding a world of women: an introduction to women's studies and gender theory in biblical archaeology Stephanie Budin
    28. Social archaeology in the Levant through the lens of archaeometallurgy Erez Ben-Yosef and Sariel Shalev
    29. The archaeology of maritime adaptation Assaf Yasur-Landau
    Part VI:
    30. The impact of radiocarbon dating and absolute chronology in the Holy Land: a social archaeological perspective Felix Höflmayer and Katharina Streit
    31. Itinerant objects: the legal lives of Levantine artifacts Morag M. Kersel
    32. Archaeology, museums, and the public in Jordan:
    100 years of educating Arwa Badran
    Epilogue Assaf Yasur-Landau, Yorke M. Rowan and Eric H. Cline.

  • Editors

    Assaf Yasur-Landau, University of Haifa, Israel
    Assaf Yasur-Landau is associate professor at the University of Haifa, a Fulbright Scholar, and head of the laboratory for Coastal Archaeology and Underwater Survey. He co-directs the Tel Kabri excavations and the Tel Dor underwater excavations. His book, The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End of the Late Bronze Age (Cambridge, 2010), has appeared in English and Spanish (2012).

    Eric H. Cline, George Washington University, Washington DC
    Eric H. Cline is professor of Classics and Anthropology in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, Washington DC. A Fulbright scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and NEH Public Scholar, Dr Cline has authored, co-authored, or edited a total of 18 books to date, of which four have won awards, including the Biblical Archaeology Society's 'Best Popular Book on Archaeology' award (2001, 2009, and 2011) and the American Schools of Oriental Research's 'Nancy Lapp Award for Best Popular Book' in 2014.

    Yorke Rowan, University of Chicago
    Yorke M. Rowan is a senior research associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. A Fulbright Scholar in Jordan and an National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow in Jerusalem, he co-directs two field projects, the Eastern Badia Archaeological Project (Jordan) and the Galilee Prehistory Project (Israel).

    Contributors

    Gary Rollefson, Anna Belfer-Cohen, Nigel Goring-Morris, William Finlayson, Ruth Shahack-Gross, Edward B. Banning, Yorke M. Rowan, Philip Graham, Meredith S. Chesson, Susan L. Cohen, Susan Guise Sheridan, Assaf Yasur-Landau, Yoram Cohen, Shlomo Bunimovitz, David Ilan, Aren M. Maeir, Benjamin W. Porter, Avraham Faust, Daniel M. Master, Christopher A. Rollston, Oren Tal, Andrea M. Berlin, Alexandra Ratzlaff, Itamar Taxel, Ian W. N. Jones, Rabei G. Khamisy, Nimrod Marom, Stephanie Budin, Erez Ben-Yosef, Sariel Shalev, Felix Höflmayer, Katharina Streit, Morag M. Kersel, Arwa Badran, Eric H. Cline

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